Vaccines

While we have long recognized the importance of vaccination in preventing many common infectious diseases, we also understand that vaccines are not entirely without potential undesirable side effects and reactions. With the optimum interval between vaccinations being previously unknown, most vaccines were administered on an annual basis according to the manufacturers’ recommendation.

Recently, updated recommendations for vaccination were issued by the American Animal Hospital Associations (AAHA) Canine Vaccine Task Force and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP). These groups were comprised of the top experts in the fields of veterinary medicine, infectious diseases and immunology. Their reports are available online at www.healthypet.com. We also have copies available for viewing at our front desk.

In our continuing effort to provide your four legged family friends with the best possible health care, we have decided to adopt these new vaccine schedules. Based on your pet’s age, lifestyle, health history, and risk factors for exposure to infectious diseases, your veterinarian will discuss with you and custom tailor the vaccines that will be administered.

A summary of our vaccine recommendations is found below. If you have any questions regarding these vaccination changes or any other aspect of your pet’s health care, please let us know! Current pricing on vaccination and other routine services can be found here.

Canine Vaccine Protocol

Vaccine Well Vaccinated Dog Spotty Vaccine History
DHLPP (distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza, parvovirus) Every 3 years after initial puppy series and 1 year booster or in mature adults with many previous vaccines Should have booster in 14 days and at 1 year with all subsequent vaccines good for three years.
Lyme Disease Yearly for most dogs after initial series of two vaccines Initial series of two followed by yearly boosters
Leptospirosis Yearly for most dogs after the initial series of two vaccines Initial series of two followed by yearly boosters
Bordetella (Kennel Cough) Every 6 months for boarding or grooming patients, yearly for social dogs; not needed for others Same
Rabies Vaccine Every 3 years after having initial 2 boosters 9 - 12 months apart Same. May receive a 1 year vaccine if previous history is undocumented

Feline Vaccine Protocol

Vaccine Well Vaccinated Cat Spotty Vaccine History
FVRCP Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calici Virus, Panleukopenia Every 3 years after initial kitten series and 1 year booster in mature cats with many previous vaccinations Should have booster in 14 days and at 1 year with all subsequent vaccines good for three years
Rabies Vaccine Every 3 years after having initial 2 boosters 9 - 12 months apart Same. May receive a 1 year vaccine if previous history is undocumented
Leukemia Vaccine Yearly for at risk-outdoor cats after initial series. May be discontinued at 7-9 years of age depending on lifestyle Initial series of two vaccines followed by annual boosters for at-risk outdoor cats